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North Korea compares Obama to 'monkey in a tropical forest', suffers internet blackout

The isolated country has blasted the US president over the release of ‘The Interview’.

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Updated 4.11 pm

NORTH KOREA suffered an internet shutdown for at least two-hours today according to Chinese state-media.

“At Pyongyang time 7:30 pm (1030 GMT) North Korea’s Internet and mobile 3G network came to a standstill, and had not returned to normal as of 9:30 pm,” Xinhua news agency reported.

Respected cyber security firm Dyn Research confirmed that North Korea suffered a “country-wide Internet blackout”.

The outages comes as the dictatorship labelled US President Barack Obama as a “monkey”  and threatened “inescapable deadly blows” over Sony’s decision to release ‘The Interview’.

The isolated dictatorship’s powerful National Defence Commission (NDC) also accused the US of “disturbing the Internet operation” of North Korean media outlets.

The North suffered Internet blackouts this week, triggering speculation that US authorities may have launched a cyber-attack in retaliation The Interview’s Kin Jong-Un assassination plot.

The NDC accused Obama of taking the lead in encouraging theatres to screen the movie. Sony had initially cancelled its release after major US theatre chains said they would not show it, following threats to movie-goers by hackers.

“Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” a spokesman for the NDC’s policy department said in a statement published by the North’s official KCNA news agency.

“If the US persists in American-style arrogant, high-handed and gangster-like arbitrary practices despite (North Korea’s) repeated warnings, the US should bear in mind that its failed political affairs will face inescapable deadly blows,” the NDC spokesman said.

He accused Washington of linking the hacking of Sony to North Korea “without clear evidence” and repeated Pyongyang’s condemnation of the film, describing it as “a movie for agitating terrorism produced with high-ranking politicians of the US administration involved”.

The movie took in a million dollars in its limited-release opening day, showing in around 300, mostly small independent theatres. It was also released online for rental or purchase.

The film, which has been panned by critics, has become an unlikely symbol of free speech thanks to the hacker threats that nearly scuppered its release.

© – AFP 2014

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